Clemson Football Update: Mance Probably Out for UNC
Starting cornerback Brian Mance probably will not play this week.
Clemson, SC-Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden expects to have some of
his injured players back for this Saturday's game with North Carolina.
Bowden said after practice on Thursday that wide receiver
Jackie Robinson should return after missing the last two games with a
broken jaw, an injury he suffered in the Virginia game on September
22nd. Robinson could start the game. He has practiced with the
first team all week.
Bowden also said that wide receiver Roscoe Crosby was
probable for the North Carolina game. The high school All-American
has played just 13 snaps since suffering a sprained knee in the
September 8 Wofford game. He did not play last week against NC State.
Defensive tackle Nick Eason, who played only five snaps at NC
State due to a sprained ankle, is probable for the UNC contest. The
same goes for tackle Jovon Bush, who suffered a pulled groin muscle
on Tuesday in practice this week.
Kevin Johnson, a starting cornerback who missed the NC State
game with a broken rib, is also listed as probable for the North
Carolina contest. Johnson suffered the injury in the win over
Starting cornerback Brian Mance probably will not play this week. He
has missed the entire week of practice to be with his family.
Mance's 24-year old brother was killed in an automobile accident last
weekend. On Thursday evening, Bowden did not know if Mance would
return to campus for the game.
Mance is also the top return man on the team. Joe Don Reames will
take his place on punt returns and Derrick Hamilton will be the
primary return man on kickoff returns.
Special teams player Joel Gardner will miss the game due to a virus.
Wide receivers Kevin Youngblood (broken leg) and Tony Elliott (broken
wrist) will not play against North Carolina. Defensive back Marcus
Houskin is out for the year with broken neck and linebacker Altroy
Bodrick is out for the year with a torn ACL.